Yanwath Gate Inn (Penrith)

Yanwath, Penrith, CA10 2LF
Yanwath Gate Inn (Penrith) Outside

Nestled in a remote corner of Cumbria, the Yanwath Gate Inn was one of the many businesses that were affected by the 2015 flood. Though the property itself was not flooded, it was cut off from most of Cumbria when both the Eamont Bridge and the Pooley Bridge collapsed. It was closed for a short period until late 2017 when Louis Lawrence, former head chef at Rogan & Co, took over the reins.

Since then this 17th century inn has been revitalised and is a popular place for fans of gastro-pub dining. Inside this cosy bar, you will find it brimming with old world charm. There is a wood-burning stove, cosy corners, exposed beams with brass hangings, and various pieces of art adorning the walls. The pub is located in Yanwath which lies on the back roads between Penrith and Pooley Bridge and is not far from Lowther Castle.

Food & Drink

The pub has three hand pumps available for real ale and serves a changing selection – usually sourced from local breweries including the Eden Brewery, the Hesket Newmarket brewery and the Barngates Brewery. Additional beers and ciders are available on draught.

For a small rural pub the wine list is impressive with around 15 different varieties that include some interesting choices. The pub is also home to a large collection of whiskies, and you will find that the bar stocks plenty of other spirits, along with soft drinks and teas and coffee.

The Menu

Food is served twice a day at the Yanwath Gate Inn between noon and 2.30pm and then again between 6pm and 8.45pm. The owner and chef, Louis Lawrence, once worked for Michelin starred chef, Simon Rogan, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the pub has a good reputation for its food. Fans of pub classic dishes will not be disappointed here, with the menu featuring a number of favourites, including lasagne and steak & ale pie.

However, for the more adventurous the pub offers several more imaginative dishes, such as lamb rump served with cauliflower puree and a sweet potato fondant. There’s a “Menu Rapide”, which changes regularly and offers two or three courses from a limited number of choices for a set price, and it is here that Lawrence’s experience as a chef really shines. Past dishes include orange seared tilapia (fish), and honey & ginger pork belly. A full roast dinner is available each Sunday and there is a children’s menu.

Other Features

Well behaved dogs are welcome at the Yanwath Gate Inn in the bar area, where there is a cosy fire to warm muddy paws. Water bowls can be provided if required. There is also a small grassed beer garden to the rear of the pub with several picnic tables.


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